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Lancaster Music Festival back next month

John Freeman
Kirsty Almeida - headline act
for this year's Music Festival
The weekend of 14th – 16th October will see Lancaster's famously historic and hospitable venues play host to every music genre imaginable with the return of the much-praised Lancaster Music Festival.

101 acts, performing at 28 locations in Lancaster are on offer, most within walking distance of each other -- and most will be free.

A packed weekend of local and global musical talent is in store, with new acts arriving and proven favourites returning to a city which has always welcomed and nurtured live music.

Based on the festival successes of 2009 and 2010, this will be Lancaster’s third, and biggest, music festival so far.

From folk (Americana, Celtic, English, Neo), funk (jazz, Latin, blues), grunge, punk, pop (indie, alternative, mainstream), contemporary classical, choral, jazz (Latin, swing, piano, trad.), rock, avant garde, soul, blues and more we expect everyone to find some outstanding music that they will enjoy in a bubbling and festive atmosphere.

There will be a funk fest (“Funktion” at the Gregson), maritime theme (on the quay), student bands at the Park (“Park Fest”), Jah Wobbles (“Memoirs of a Geezer” at the Dukes), with a  festival headline closing act, Kirsty Almeida (at the Dalton Rooms on Sunday) and, along with all the music, there will be a festival ale and ale trail courtesy of Mitchells of Lancaster, a food trail courtesy of LESS (Local Effective Sustainable Solutions), and even a free i-phone festival game courtesy of Lancashire Treasure Trails.

Most of the music will be provided by the outstanding talent and variety of acts that perform in Lancaster district (for example, Get Carter Experience with Madness ex-keyboardist James Mackie, singer songwriter loop sensation Alex Hulme, Celtic fiddle virtuosity from Hard Times, mod punk boogaloo mayhem from the Convulsions). There will also be acts from as far away as Australia, Austria, Italy, USA, all over the UK (even Yorkshire) as part of the Festival (for example, Marco Marconi’s award winning piano jazz from Italy, classical guitar from New York’s Threefifty Duo, haunting Americana from USA’s Danika Holmes and rocking grinding blues from Cheltenham’s Keith Thompson Trio).

The full line up is online at

• A few of the events are ticketed and tickets can be obtained online from the festival website (, at Lancaster’s Visitor Information Centre and the venues themselves. General enquiries to:

The event is no longer taking band applications but acts wanting to apply for 2012 can email us at to be alerted for when the 2012 application process will start.